During the winter months I keep extra canned food in the pantry so, if the weather is bad, I can make something easy and tasty without having to run to the store. This rice salad is a great way to use leftover rice from dinner, and adding whatever canned fish you might have on hand makes this a simple yet flavorful dish. For this recipe I used smoked trout, but you can use canned tuna or salmon. I buy tinned smoked trout at Trader Joes.
Rice Salad with Smoked Trout
3 c. cooked rice (I like to use Jasmine rice)
1/3-1/2 c. mayonnaise or grape seed oil Vegenaise (as needed)
2 Tbsp. finely chopped onion
2 Tbsp. chopped celery (optional)
1-2 cloves garlic, grated
salt and pepper to taste
1 (4 oz.) can smoked trout, drained and chopped
1/4 tsp. dried thyme or za’atar
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh Italian flat leave parsley (to taste)
In a large bowl combine rice and mayonnaise. Mix well. You want the rice moist but not saturated. Adjust the amount of mayonnaise to your liking, add onion, celery if you are using it, and garlic. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add smoked trout. Mix well. Add thyme and 1 Tbsp. chopped parsley. Taste and adjust seasoning to your liking. Garnish with remaining parsley to serve. Serves 4-6.